Dermatology Health Equity Scholars Program

Our summer enrichment program aims to provide dermatology clinical exposure and career development for students with strong interest in diversifying the medical workforce and outreach to historically marginalized communities and medically underserved populations in Wisconsin.

Quick Facts

  • Current Phase 1 students can apply; position is paid
  • Program runs for 8 weeks, generally from late May through July
  • Deadline for Dermatology Health Equity Program Interest Survey for Summer 2025 will be December 1, 2024; applications will open in October 2024
  • Program includes exposure to all aspects of clinical dermatology, including medical, surgical, and laboratory
  • Provides opportunity to explore candidate’s specific medical interest, which may include project or presentation
  • Program includes one-on-one mentorship with dermatology faculty
  • Opportunity to attend clinical lectures

How to Apply

  • Applications for the Summer 2024 program have closed
  • Applications for 2025 will open October 2024; respond to the Dermatology Health Equity Program Interest Survey by December 1, 2024
  • Submitted applications will be reviewed December 2024 and scholars notified by January 2025
  • This program is intended for students who are not participating in another funded clinical or research experience

“The Diversity Scholars Program was a terrific opportunity to get involved with and learn more about dermatology and its vast subspecialties. Everyone in the department was supportive throughout the summer and it was a great experience overall!” – Janmesh Patel, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2023

“My experience participating in the 2023 Dermatology Diversity Scholars fellowship was a positive one, which permitted me to explore a profession I might not have otherwise considered while being surrounded by a faculty committed to the well-being of their patients and empowering learners to pursue their interests in dermatology.” – Gerardo Guilarte, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2023

“What a treasure of a summer. Every day was an opportunity to make a new friend, share intellectual curiosity, and realize that there is a place for everyone in the field of dermatology – maybe even me.” – Katriel Williams, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2023

“Participating in the Dermatology UIM Scholars Program was such an incredible experience where I was able to learn about every aspect of dermatology. I ended the program feeling like I had a much deeper understanding of the field, and also gained mentors and friends who will support me in my future endeavors, regardless of what they might be.” – Alexa Figueroa Baiges, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2022

“I enjoyed every aspect of the Dermatology UIM Scholars Program this past summer. I was able to get early insight into the field of dermatology, while also developing great connections within the department and with the other UIM Scholars.” – Santanna Patterson, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2022

“The Dermatology UIM Scholars program allowed me to explore the field of dermatology, find my interests, and create great relationships at UWSMPH. The people here really care, and the program is excellent. I would do it all over again!” – Matthew Mann, Dermatology Health Equity Scholar 2022


Who are we looking for?

We encourage applications from students with demonstrated interest in serving marginalized communities, especially those without previous dermatology experience or exposure.

How many positions are available?

The department will offer up to three Health Equity Scholars Program positions each year.

How many weeks does the Dermatology Health Equity Program last?

The program lasts 8 weeks during the summer break between May and August.

Does the Health Equity Scholars Program pay?

Accepted Health Equity Scholars are paid a stipend of $450/week.

Will scholars have direct access to patient care?

Since this program is not a for-credit clinical rotation, students participate with UW Health observer status; this allows them to “shadow” physicians in clinic but does not allow direct participation in patient care.

Who do I contact with questions?

  • If you have questions about the Dermatology’s Health Equity Scholars Program process or application survey, contact Mary Gannon.
  • For additional questions about the program, please contact the Director of the Dermatology Health Equity Scholars Program, Dr. Jeanette Comstock.


Dr. Jeanette Comstock
Director, Dermatology Health Equity Scholars Program

Dr. Daniel Bennett
Dermatology Faculty Champion for Health Equity

Mary Gannon 
Administrative Contact, Dermatology Health Equity Scholars Program


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